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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:44 pm 
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I've dried some garlic in my dehydrator this past Sunday . First time I used it in a long time. After doing it, as it took me most all day Sunday to do with my DH, Jerry help. I use a lot and I mean a lot of garlic and this won't last me very long, for the amount of trouble I went through. Next drying project will be something bigger, green, yellow, red peppers or????

Do you dry a lot of vegetables and if so which ones, and does anyone make jerky???

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 Post subject: Re: dehrydrator
PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:38 pm 
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Garlic would be a lot of work! I have a dehydrator, but haven't used it a lot. I mainly did fruits. I recently read about using one for yogurt making if you can adjust the temperature, but mine is a stack of shallow trays, so it wouldn't work. I think they're referring to the ones that look like a small oven, with trays you can remove to make room for something taller.


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 Post subject: Re: dehrydrator
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:56 am 
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luv2grdn wrote:
Garlic would be a lot of work! I have a dehydrator, but haven't used it a lot. I mainly did fruits. I recently read about using one for yogurt making if you can adjust the temperature, but mine is a stack of shallow trays, so it wouldn't work. I think they're referring to the ones that look like a small oven, with trays you can remove to make room for something taller.


That is the kind of dehydrator I have too, there is no temp adjustment on mine either. It just as you say a stack of shallow trays.I think I'll wait now until April when the farmer market opens around these parts and then see what I can dry. I've been thinking of getting a yogurt maker.

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 Post subject: Re: dehrydrator
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:25 pm 
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I've done figs very happily and did a big batch of venison jerky about 12 years ago. Delicious and surprisingly easy!

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 Post subject: Re: dehrydrator
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Speaking of figs, did many of the cuttings you got from various people root?


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 Post subject: Re: dehrydrator
PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:21 pm 
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Yes, it worked out well. I'll be doing ours and a neighbor's this winter.

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 Post subject: Re: dehrydrator
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That's great! You'll have a fig orchard at the rate you're going. Is that the plan?

How is the new home and business setup coming along?


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 Post subject: Re: dehrydrator
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:30 am 
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We have considered growing a bunch and doing the local farmers market for a few weekends when they're freshly ripe. Meanwhile, we're learning, sharing plants and finding more.
Two weeks ago i was feeling very blue about the move. It's been a long, hard couple of years in the making and I'm really tired. I decided to step up and work harder/smarter and the greenhouse is nearing completion. The well driller will be out next week, too. I'll try to get a couple of progress pictures soon.

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 Post subject: Re: dehrydrator
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:31 pm 
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You do like to keep busy, don't you! The farmers market would be a fun and good experience for your kids. I would've liked to have done that.

Wow, it has been 2 years already? You should be tired out from it all. That was a lot to take on while raising a family and running a business. Don't burn yourself out, because that's no fun, speaking from experience.

I look forward to seeing more progress reports.


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 Post subject: Re: dehrydrator
PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:26 am 
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Ginny, my apologies. It seems we've hijacked your dehydrator thread. I'm going to post a picture of the greenhouse from a few days ago but not here.

Meanwhile, back on track, I understand a solar dehydrator can be made cheaply and I might give it a try soon. I read somewhere about going to an appliance parts store and getting a bunch of the same size shelves of a discontinued model oven at a reasonable price. I currently use the round white kind. Not really happy about using all that electricity if I get going on putting up lots of food (and we have big orchard plans).

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 Post subject: Re: dehrydrator
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My apologies too. It's just so easy for a conversation to take a turn to something else stemming from the original conversation.


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